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Boys Travel

Jeff Couchman, VP of Boys Travel


Updated – 7/22/2017


The Travel program is designed to give boys with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against stronger competition. Tryouts are open to boys that live in Edina and/or attend school in Edina. Travel teams compete in 11 tournaments (4th graders compete in 10) that have been selected in advance by the EBA. Tournaments are held on weekends and games may be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 


EBA will be hosting a parent meeting to discuss the boys and girls traveling program in further detail.  This meeting is geared towards incoming players (4th graders) or players new to the program.

Date: Wednesday, September 13th

Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Location: South View Middle School, Auditorium


Registration opens August 1st and runs through September 20th. The registration system will close at 11:59pm on the 20th. Glitches can happen when the system is overloaded. Do not wait until the last minute to register in case there is a problem. Late registrations will not be taken.

Parent coaches are used in 4th grade. Coaches in 4th grade will not be determined until the completion of tryouts.

Paid coaches are used in 5th-8th grade. In rare cases, parent coaches may be used.

All coaches go through mandatory background check, concussion training, and coaching clinics throughout the season.

Practices can take place on any day of the week except Sundays. Practices are 1.5 hours long (usually 6-7:30pm or 7:30-9pm though some practices until 9:30 may be needed). Practices on Saturday will take place between 9am and 3pm. Practices can take place at either of the Middle schools, High school or Community Center. In some cases practices may take place at 43 Hoops (Hopkins) or Blake School in Hopkins. This year we will also be utilizing space at Good Samaritan Church and possibly gyms at Bloomington Jefferson.




4th graders are given a new 28.5 inch basketball, 7th graders are given a new 29.5 inch basketball, and all players new to the EBA's travel program will be given an appropriate sized basketball.  The EBA is working with General Sports to provide uniforms and optional apparel to travel teams. This year, uniforms need to be purchased by 4th & 6th graders. Any kids new to the program in 5th, 7th and 8th grade need to order uniforms. General Sports WILL NOT have a presence at our tryouts. Rather, all ordering of uniforms and apparel will be done through the General Sports online store. The online store will be posted September 1.  Beginning on September 1 , players/parents are encouraged to visit General Sports to try on all apparel for sizing. Hours to try on apparel is M-F 10-7, Sat 9-5 and Sun 11-5.  Following formation of teams on October 1st, all uniform orders must be placed and paid for by October 9th.  The total cost of the required uniform is $90.00.


$645 ($195 registration fee, $25 tryout fee, $425 travel fee) for 5th-8th graders

$500 ($195 registration fees, $25 tryout fee, $280 travel fee) for 4th graders


The EBA's policy states that once teams are formed no refunds will be given except with a doctor's written excuse or a move out of the district.


The EBA will coordinate a photo day during the season.


Click HERE to read the EBA's Travel Player Evaluation Guidelines (Boys)

When attending Boys travel tryouts, please refrain from wearing prior year uniforms or shirts with last names.  Pinneys will be provided with numbers and the evaluators will refer to pinney numbers while conducting evaluations.  Tryouts will take place on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th at South View gyms and Sunday, October 1st in the Edina Community Center gyms. After tryouts on September 24th, late in the evening, the list of boys moving on to the final team placement will be posted on the EBA's website. Only the boys on that list should attend Sunday's (Oct. 1st) tryout for final team placement.  Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to try out time to check in.


The tryout schedule is as follows:


Tryout #1 September 23 - SV Gyms

7th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

8th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

5th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

4th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm


Tryout #2 September 24 - SV Gyms

4th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

5th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

7th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

8th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm


Team Placement October 1 - ECC  Gyms

4th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

5th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

7th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

8th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm


If your child tries out and is not placed on a travel team, we (the EBA) will automatically enroll him in our house program. There is no need to re-register. Also, any travel fees paid will be refunded back to you. 




Practices begin October 20th for 4th grade boys and the week of October 24 for all other teams.